Iron Chicks VII...

patti(Facebook Photo - This cool shot of IG-B bronze medalist Patti Schmid-Iverson was taken at Ironman Wisconsin in 2010. It's kinda blurry 'cuz she was riding so fast.)

Race Coverage - The Duathlete of the Year nominees will be announced later this week. And there is no way that Suzie Finger's name will not be on that list.

Her 2011 du resume has been stellar. She kicked off the season with a 3rd at Gear West behind Michelle Andres and Claire Bootsma, both of whom appear doomed to receive multiple award nominations. She followed that up with a big win at Apple, Minnesota's oldest and most revered run-bike-run. Then the "Real Housewives of Orange County" and Britney-loving athlete who has like a hundred dogs, placed 2nd at Turtleman....

The Big Macs are on Boots...

footPeregrine Charities Olympic - In a post-race interview, ubiquitous smiler Claire Bootsma laughingly claimed that she couldn't feel her feet until the final mile of the run.

She wasn't kidding.

Her frozen extremities, however, did not prevent her from winning the 4th annual edition of this great event in frosty Waterloo, Iowa, last Sunday. In fact, she won in course record time and by a cruel margin (5:07) over 2010 champ, Janet McCullough. Twas Boots' 7th victory (and 5th course record!) of the year and 10th of an amazing tri career which began only 13 months ago.

She pocketed $1000 for her efforts (2:10:02), which meant that it was her turn to buy at McDonald's.

That's how it goes. The one who wins the most money has to buy the Big Macs. (Dan can eat FOUR of those bad boys. A sominloquy sufferer, between snores he's often been heard to recite: "two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions and a sesame seed bun...")...

Ruthie Rocks....Again!

meganPhoto - Megan Rocker.

Race Coverage - La Crosse, Wisconsin's Brent Sinn won the Treadman Duathlon for the 4th time last Saturday. He was also victorious there in 2009, 2008 and 2007. Sinn's margin of victory over runner-up Peter Guidinger, 49, of Winona was a greedy 3:47. Guidinger was also 2nd in this event back in 2006.

The final men's podium spot went to St. Luis Park's Chip Tabor.

Sharing the Winners Circle with Sinn was 2011 Rookie of the Year nominee Ruth Brennan Morrey, who picked up her 3rd win in five starts this season. She anchored her performance with a 21:51 split over the 3.6 mile run course, a 6:04 per mile average. Only Sinn had a faster split (21:12 / 5:54-pace)....

Rookie of the Year Nominees...

ruthsteph(Photos - 2011 ROY Nominees Ruth Brennan Morrey and Stephanie Peterson.)

MMA Nominees - Results were scrutinized and five first-year multisporters * were perceived by the nine-member MMA Selection Committee as being sufficiently competitive with their veteran elite peers to warrant Rookie of the Year consideration. Each candidate needed to turn in at least three "competitive" efforts, i.e. wherein they demonstrated "elite" potential, and to have performed with reasonable consistency.

Four of those five candidates are this year's official ROY nominees. With their 2011 results, they are (in alphabetical order):...

Fake Newtons & Dissing Taylor Swift...

joey(Photo - Joey Hetherton, who was on TV and in a few movies in the 60s. She is about 90 now and doesn't look as good as she used to.)

WHERE ENTERTAINERS GO TO DIE - A bazillion folks visit Branson every year.

And why shouldn

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